| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
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Six-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams announced on Wednesday that she is withdrawing from this year’s event due to a torn hamstring.

“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” she wrote on Instagram. “New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play—I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar.

Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.”

Williams won the U.S. Open in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, and is an owner of 23 Slam titles overall, one behind of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. Her announcement comes a week after both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal announced their withdrawals, making this year’s U.S. Open the first since 1997 to not feature either of those three all-time greats.